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Alumni Columns 



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Dr. Randall /. Webb, 
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President 

Northwestern State 
University 




lirnd Iwrd. 1997 
Acting Director 
University 
Advancement 



Dear Alumni: 

The past year has been an outstanding one for Northwestern 
State University. 

This fall, enrollnnent was 9,447 students, an increase of 256 
students or 2.8 percent over last fall. The student population was 
the largest since 2005, the first year of selective admissions at 
Northwestern State. The average ACT score of incoming freshman 
improved from 21.49 last year to 21.68, which is above the state and 
national average. More high school valedictorians chose Northwest- 
ern State this year. Fifty-one students who were at the top of their 
201 2 high school graduating class are attending NSU, an increase of 
18 (56 percent) over last year. 

Academic programs at the University continue to attract national 
attention for their quality. Our online bachelor's and master's degree 
programs in education were included in the first-ever edition of Top 
Online Education Program rankings by U.S. News & World Report. 
The graduate program in nursing was ranked among the Top 1 00 
in the country by U.S. News. Northwestern State's online graduate 
school was ranked as a "Best Buy" for teachers and educators who 
seek affordable online education degrees. Our bachelor's programs 
in criminal justice and psychology were also named best buys. 

Northwestern State continued to grow by adding a master's 
program in homeland security and making the bachelor's degree in 
computer information systems available online. We are also seeking 
to develop additional academic programs that address the needs of 
the people of Louisiana. The University also continued to work with 
community and technical colleges in Louisiana and in neighbor- 
ing states to make it easier for students with two-year degrees to 
continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree. 

Our alumni continue to excel in their professional lives and bring 
distinction to the University. Each week, we learn about an out- 
standing accomplishment by an alumnus. I am pleased how often 
they thank a mentor at Northwestern State for playing a role in their 
success. 

I wish each of you a happy holiday season. Thank you for your 
support of Northwestern State University. 



Dear Alumni: 

This year has been one of change and opportunity for me and 
for Northwestern State University. Transitioning into the director of 
University Advancement has been rewarding and enlightening and 
it has been a pleasure to make new acquaintances and renew old 
ones. 

The naming of Northwestern State's College of Education and 
Human Development after our generous benefactor, the late Mary 
Rives Gallaspy, was a milestone in the history of the university. With 
Northwestern's roots as an institution to train teachers, it was an 
honor to name the College after an alumna, educator and business- 
woman who embodied a spirit of commitment to family and com- 
munity. (Read more about this on page 1 1.) 

I hope you enjoy a look back at the festivities surrounding 
Homecoming, explore links to videos and, if you were unable to be 
on campus, experience the sense of family that always surrounds 
the reunions, receptions and other events that make Homecoming 
memorable. 

The centennial celebration of the NSU's men's basketball pro- 
gram gives us an opportunity to remember some of our university's 
great moments in sports. Where were you when Jermaine Wallace 
made his memorable 3-point shot in the NCAA tournament? This 
storied program is in the midst of another exciting season and 
Coach Mike McConathy is poised to become the state's winningest 
all-time men's college basketball coach. 

I wish you all the best for 201 3 and hope to see you on campus 
soon. Thank you for all you do to support our alma mater. 



Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State Universit)' 

Natchitoches. Louisiana 

Organized m IHK4 

A member of CASE 

Volume XXII Number 4 Winter 2012 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 01.S480) is published 

by Northwestern Stale Universit)', 

Natchitoches, Louisiana. 71-497-0002 

Periodicals Postage Paid at Natchitoches, La.. 

and at additional mailing offices. 

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Alumni Columns, Northwestern Slate Universit)'. 

Natchitoches, La. 71497-0002. 

Alumni Office Phone: 318-357-4414 and 888-799-6486 

FAX: 318-357-4225 • E-mail: lairdb^nsula.edu 

NSU ALUMNI OFFICERS 

President Joseph B. Stamey. Natchitoches. 1983 

1st Vice President Tommy Chester. Natchitoches, 1969 

2nd Vice President Charles "Buddy" Wood, Many. 1981 

Secretary-Treasurer .Malt Bailey, Shreveport. 2003 

Acting Executive Director... Brad Laird. Natchitoches, 1998 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Matt Bailey Shreveport. 2003 

Jerry Brungart Nalchiloches, 1969. 1971 

Monty Chicola Alexandria. 1979. 1980 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974. 1975 

KenGuidry Natchitoches, 1972 

Bobby Hebert New Orleans. 1983 

Trey Hill Carencra 1985 

Adrian Howard Bedford. TX, 1989 

Patricia Hrapmann New Orleans, 1973. 1978 

Gail Jones Natchez. 1981. 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville, 1995 

Angela Lasyone Natchitoches. 1986 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville. 1958 

Carroll Long Longview, TX, 1970 

WiUiam L. Luckie Luflcin. TX. 2008 

David Morgan Austin, TX, 1973 

Kip Patrick Washington. DC, 1995 

Cliff Poimboeuf. Shreveport, 1984 

Denise Que/aire Baton Rouge. 2005 

Joseph W. Schelette Shreveport. 1%9 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Casey |o Thompson Shreveport. 2001 

Carlos Treadway Northville. .ML 1992 

Marti Vienne NalchiltK'hes, 1982 

Ricky Walmsley Rogers. AR. 1985 

Mike Wilburn Shreveport, 1975 

Dr Leonard Williams NewOrlean.s, 1993 

Charles "Buddy" Wood Many. 1981 

STUDENT REPRESENTATI\ 1 

Derrick Houston N'lvian 

SGA President 

Publisher Brad Uird. 1997 

Editor Leah Pilcher Jackson. 1994. 201 1 

Contributors David West 

Doug Ireland. 1986 

Bill Smith 

Jerry Pierce. 1%1 

Photography Gary Hardamon 

Design/Layout Beth McPherson ,Mann. 1975 

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Cover: Photo illustration shows Coach Prather and 1919 basketball players with current 201 2- 13 team players in the background. 



Basketball 
Centennial 

The Titanic sank. Fenway 
Park opened. Woodrow Wilson 
won a four-way contest for the 
White IHouse. Federal income 
taxes were created. 



James Naismith was a professor and 
university physician at the University 
of Kansas when Louisiana State Nor- 
mal College played its first recorded 
men's basket ball game. 

That was 1 00 years ago. The Nor- 
mal boys united and probably played 
hoops against other teams before 
1 91 2-13, but there are not docu- 
ments to prove it. The records since 
that winter tell a century-long story 
filled with excitement and success, 
brimming with pride about decades 
of achievements and generations of 
players who have left a rich legacy that 
will be the focus of Northwestern State 
basketball's centennial celebration, 
highlighted by festivities on Saturday, 
Jan. 19. 

Looking back on a century of North- 
western State basketball, it's easy to 
pinpoint the "One Shining Moment"- 
the game-winning 3-pointer by senior 
guard Jermaine Wallace that capped 
a 1 7-point comeback over the final 




eight minutes on March 1 7, 2006, as 
the Demons of Destiny stunned 1 5th- 
ranked and third-seeded Iowa 64-63 
in the first round of the NCAA Tourna- 
ment. Yes, Cinderella wore purple on 
St. Patrick's Day. 

It and many other exceptional ac- 
complishments were set in motion 
when Mike McConathy returned the 




An outdoor basketball game before World War I. 

family name to Demon basketball as 
he accepted the head coaching posi- 
tion in March 1999, at a school where 
his father Johnny and two uncles 
starred in the decade after World War 
II. Coach Mike established the credo 
"Championship Basketball With a 
Purpose" stressing development of 
his players as members of a winning 
program that emphasized life skills 
development, high-caliber character 
and academic achievement. Well over 
80 percent of McConathy's players 
graduate. 

"It meant so much when he was of- 
fered the job here, and it's proven that 
was a real good hire," said Johnny Mc- 
Conathy. "That's what Daddy says, and 
I'm not ashamed to say it out loud." 

The Demon basketball story in the 
NCAA Division era (since 1976-77) is 
also highlighted by a Dec. 7, 1 988, 85- 
82 triumph in fabled Rupp Arena over 
the mighty Kentucky Wildcats, with a 
scrappy NSU team guided by former 
Demon sharpshooter Dan Bell defy- 
ing the odds. Roman Banks played a 
pivotal role in the win, and now is the 
successful head coach of the South- 
ern Jaguars. Another former Demon 
guard, Mike Brey, is the accomplished 
bench boss of the Notre Dame Fight- 
ing Irish. 

Considering all of the fun and excite- 
ment since the days of disco dawned, 
the tradition of Demon basketball was 
already fabulous at the end of the '50s 
and well established when Northwest- 
ern State joined NCAA Division I for 
the 1976-77 season. 

Today's home for NSU hoops, 
Prather Coliseum, honors the immense 
impact of H. Lee Prather, whose 473 
wins from 1913-1950 made him the 
nation's winningest coach when he 
became president of the recently 
renamed Northwestern State College. 
His greatest team went 23-5 in 1 948- 
49 and reached the NAIA semifinals, 



beating BYU a round earlier. 

Prather, who was considered nation- 
ally on a coaching peer with contem- 
poraries such as Kansas'"Phog" Allen 
and Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, wasn't 
ready to step away from the game. 
Tynes Hildebrand was recruited by him 
but never played a game for the iconic 
coach. 

"Our first practices were with him, 
and then I guess he realized he could 
not be both basketball coach and 
president of the college," said Hildeb- 
rand, whose family traveled the gravel 
roads from his home town of Florien 
to watch him play for the Demons. 
"We went from a legendary coach to a 
younger coach who certainly proved 
up to the task of following Hank Lee 
Prather." 

Taking the helm was the Demons' 
first all-America player, Charles "Red" 
Thomas, who averaged nearly 20 wins 
in his seven seasons before going 
into academic administration, retiring 
years later as a vice president. Scoring 
sensations Jimmy"Red"Leach and Dick 
Brown were two of his stars as North- 
western won three Gulf States Confer- 
ence crowns. Johnny "Hound" McCona- 
thy played for Prather's best team and 
Thomas'first one before being the fifth 
pick in the 1951 NBA Draft. 

"Coach Prather was extremely stern, 
and he didn't pass out scholarships 
easily," said McConathy, whose two 
older brothers, George and Leslie, 
played for Prather. "I was 5-1 1 when 
I came to Northwestern, and Coach 
Prather wasn't very interested in me 
playing for him. Somebody didn't 
show up when school started, and he 
said to me, 'I'm not sure that you'll be 
any kind of a player, but you're so per- 
sistent, I'm going to give you a chance, 
one day at a time.' I was fortunate to 
grow up a bit [he grew to be 6-5] and 
was privileged things fell my way." 

continued on page 2 



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Coach Prather and the 1 932 Demons 



Basketball game in old gym, ca. 1950 



Basketball continued from page 1 

The old men's gym, now renovated 
into the Wellness, Recreation and 
Activity Center in the heart of campus, 
was a tingling crackerbox for Demon 
basketball during Prather's reign, and 
into the 1960s. 

"Those were great nights. When you 
squeeze 'em in and squeeze 'em in, it 
makes for a great atmosphere, and we 
had it every game," said Hildebrand. 
"In those days, Natchitoches was very 
small, there were very few entertain- 
ment options, and a home basketball 
game was a big, big event for the 
students and the townspeople. There 
were always about 2,500 people sitting 
elbow to elbow inside, and there were 
many more listening on the radio." 

One loyal listener was a young David 
Clark, a local boy who became one 
of Northwestern's finest players from 
1 962-67 under coaches Huey Cranford 
and Hildebrand. 

"My freshman year, we played in the 
men's gym, and that was a thrill to play 
in the building where so many of our 
great players before me had been. I 
listened to the radio broadcasts grow- 
ing up, then I was on the same court," 
said Clark. "The next season, I was able 
to make two free throws at the start 
of the first game in Prather Coliseum, 
and ! remember thinking as I ran back 
down the court that I had scored the 
first two points in the new coliseum, 
and that was a thrill." 

Hildebrand steered Northwestern 
to several NAIA playoff appearances, 
a notable double OT battle with No. 
4-ranked Southwestern Louisiana in 
1971, and became a nationally-re- 
nowned tactician involved in selecting 



the 1 972 USA Olympic team along 
with Bob Knight for coach Henry Iba. 

Future ABA competitor James Wyatt 
posted mind-blowing rebounding 
stats and set the school scoring record 
from 1965-69, with all-time greats such 
as Clark, Demon scoring king Billy "The 
Kid" Reynolds and All-America guard 
Vernon Wilson making headlines in 
Hildebrand's 1 5 seasons as coach. 

Charles Bloodworth, a local stand- 
out, became the first African-American 
player at Northwestern in 1968-69. 

"Charles was a great player and 
teammate," said Hildebrand. "He got us 
out front of other schools, on the right 
track." 

Constants through the years, with 
few exceptions, have been great fan 
support and rosters brimming with 
home-grown players. This season, 1 5 
of McConathy's 1 8 players are Louisi- 
ana natives. 

"Back in my father's day, all of the 
state colleges recruited very close to 
home out of necessity. It was not easy 
to travel great distances," said McCona- 
thy. "Now many programs from around 
the country come into Louisiana 
recruiting, because Louisiana basket- 
ball is so strong. We're always going to 
be Louisiana-based by choice, because 
there's nothing like playing in front of 
family and friends." 

Demon fans have always been pas- 
sionate. 

"We had a big fan base, and every- 
one knew your name," said Earnest 
Reliford, a native of Ashland who was a 
standout from 1 977-82. "We had some 
of the best fans anywhere, and they 
treated us like family. 

"It's been a while since I played, but 
there's still that family atmosphere," 



said Reliford, who attends every home 
game and many early-morning prac- 
tices. "They don't forget you, whether 
you're always around like I am, or if 
you're a player who has come back 
after a long time. That's special." 

"If you want to go somewhere that 
the people on campus and in the ^ 

community care about you," said Don ' 

Ashworth, who played from 1965-69, 
"Northwestern is still the place to be." 

Today Hildebrand, later NSU's athlet- 
ics director from 1 983-96, is one of the 
NCAA's four regional officiating ob- 
servers, an assignment which Demon 
fans from back in the day and officials 
of his coaching career doubtless find 
ironic. Hildebrand's influence covers 
seven decades as player, coach, admin- 
istrator and NCAA coordinator, bridg- 
ing the timeline from Coach Prather to 
Coach McConathy as he's watched and 
helped shape our rich history. 

"I've been a player, then a teacher 
and coach locally, then basketball 
coach here, then in the university ad- 
ministration and then athletic director. 
There's just so many things that have 
happened that have been very posi- 
tive, very good for me and my family, 
because of Northwestern," he said. 

Any time the Demons take the court, 
at home in Prather Coliseum or even in 
arenas far from Natchitoches, it's likely 
that former players and coaches are 
there watching. 

"It brings back old memories. You 
look at the young men on the floor, 
and you think back on some of the 
good times and know that they're hav- 
ing some of those same experiences," 
said Gene Wright, a Demon from 
1 958-62. "It's a good feeling every time 
I watch them play." 



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Alumni News III 




Cockrell 



Grady Beard (1 983) has been included in the 201 3 
edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a directory used by 
thousands of lawyers and corporations that is regarded as the 
preeminent guide to the legal profession in the United States. 

Beard, a member of Sowell Gray Stepp and Laffitte, LLC, is 
recognized for his practice in workers' compensation law. 

Located in Columbia's historic Vista district, Sowell Gray 
Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, provides business and litigation repre- 
sentation in all state and federal trial and appellate courts in 
South Carolina. 

Essie Cockrell (l 970), academic adviser and 
recruiter for the LSU Health Science Center School 
of Nursing, retired in September after 1 7 years of 
service. 

"My greatest joy is working with students who 
come into my office undecided about a major, 
and seeing their faces light up after exploring the 
amazing opportunities in the field of nursing," said 
Cockrell. "I'm passionate about nursing and love watching pre- 
nursing students succeed in their careers." 

Cockrell's many accomplishments during her time at LSU 
include earning two master's degrees: a Master of Science in 
human resource education and workforce development from 
LSU and a Master of Science in nursing from Southeastern 
Louisiana University. She also taught several courses in the 
LSU School of Social Work's study abroad program. 

Paul Ivey, LSU executive director of the LSU University Col- 
lege, said that the loss of a School of Nursing academic advi- 
sor on the LSU campus is significant. 

"More particularly, the loss of a dedicated professional 
such as Essie Cockrell will be difficult for this campus to truly 
appreciate, but the pre-nursing students who interacted with 
her on a regular basis can certainly attest to her value," Ivey 
said. 

John Manno (1978) and his wife Lynne of Shreveport 
were honored in November as Outstanding Philanthropist 
in north Louisiana by the North Louisiana Association of 
Fundraising Professionals. Recipients were selected based on 
their work to further philanthropy in north Louisiana. Those 
honored reflect a spirit of generosity, creative leadership, 
team building and commitment to the community. The NSU 
Foundation nominated Mr. and Mrs. Manno for the award. 

The Manno family company. Southland Printing has over 
the years supported charitable organizations such as the 
Volunteers of America and the Northwest Louisiana Chapter 
of the American Red Cross, as well as educational institutions 
including Louisiana State University, Centenary College of 
Louisiana and Northwestern State University. Southland also 
is invested in cultivating the local arts, having provided dona- 
tions to both the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and The 
Strand Theatre, where Manno served on the Board of Direc- 
tors for 28 years. He is also involved with the Krewe of Gemini 
and is an active member of both St. Pius X Catholic Church 
and Holy Trinity Catholic Church. 

Manno is a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and is an 
advisor to the chapter on the NSU campus. He has served on 
the NSU Foundation Board of Directors and has shown his 




generosity by establishing scholarships to assist students at 
Northwestern as well as by serving as the chairman of North- 
western State's most recent capital campaign which closed 
earlier this year with a record of over $36 million dedicated to 
support the educational mission of NSU. 

Sophie Packard (1 969, 1 984) and the late Joe Sampite 
(1959) were among those recognized as Natchitoches Trea- 
sures for 201 2. A recognition ceremony was held in October, 
sponsored by the City of Natchitoches. Natchitoches Trea- 
sures are residents of retirement age or deceased within the 
last year who made lasting contributions to the community 
through their generosity, service, volunteerism or spirit. The 
treasures are selected by those who have previously been 
selected as Treasures. 

Former student-athlete, actor and busi- 
nessman Rhett Crosby (i 999) drove 
from Phoenix, Ariz., to Los Angeles to see 
his hero Arnold Schwarzenegger during 
a book tour for his memoir"Total Recall: 
My Unbelievably True Life Story." Crosby 
arrived for the book signing 21 hours early 
and slept briefly in his car before making 
himself first in line for the book signing in 
October. Crosby was interviewed and pho- 
tographed with former California governor - 
for a piece that ran in the Los Angeles Times ^ i 
where Crosby described himself as "the ^ 

number one Arnold fan in the world." 

Crosby said he's been a Schwarzenegger 
admirer since age eight and that Schwar- 
zenegger had been a role model for him, his father and broth- 
er, all body builders who spent years working out to routines 
in Schwarzenegger's "Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding." 

Though fans swarmed the bookstore, Schwarzenegger was 
an hour late for the book signing. Crosby was not disap- 
pointed, however, as he got his book autographed and was 
featured prominently in the Times photo and Twitter coverage 
of the event. 

Crosby is a writer and voice character specialist with his 
company eXtreme Voice Talent. 

Chef Manny Augello of Jolie's Louisiana Bistro in La- 
fayette was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New 
York earlier this year. Augello served a farm-to-table dinner at 
the Beard House that featured authentic spring and summer 
foods of Louisiana, including Creole tomatoes, boudin, crack- 
lins, crabmeat, choupique caviar, grits and south Louisiana 
cheeses. A French wine called La Louisiane accompanied the 
meal. 

Augello is a native of Palermo, Italy, but grew up in the 
United States and attended Northwestern State. He is an 
executive chef and a leader in the farm-to-table movement, 
sitting on the advisory board of the Acadiana Food Circle and 
purchasing 82 to 86 percent of Jolie's produce from local farm- 
ers as his menu changes with every season. 

Augello's specialty is charcuterie. For a peek at his menus, 
visitjolieslouisianabistro.com. 



Crosby 



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See more Spotlight stories in the Lagniappe section of 

the online extended version of the Alumni Columns at 

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Family's marathon journey featured on ESPN's E:60 

Northwpstprn State University araduate Heath White and White was deoloved after 9/1 1 



Northwestern State University graduate Heath White and 
his family were featured on ESPN's E:60 in a segnnent that pro 
filed their inspiring endeavor to raise awareness about indi 
viduals with Down Syndronne. E:60 is a 
weekly newsmagazine that examines is- 
sues and events related to American and 
international sports. White drew media 
attention for completing marathons with 
his daughter Paisley who was born with 
Down Syndrome. The feature aired in Oc- 
tober and can be viewed by scanning the 
QR code below. 

"Having a child with Down Syndrome was hard," said White, 
who had already completed three or four marathons before 
Paisley, his second child, was born. "I came to terms with it 
when she was about a year old and ran the first marathon with 
her in 2008 to apologize to her and let everyone know what 
she means to me." 

With White pushing Paisley in a jogger stroller, they com- 
pleted n marathons, - including a 31-mile ultra marathon 
- totaling 321 miles, a distance significant to White because 
DS is caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome 
21. They also competed in a 5K, with White pushing Paisley 
and a friend, winning second place. Those accomplishment at- 
tracted news reporters to the family and they were approached 
by ESPN, who followed them for two years gathering footage 
for the f;60 episode. 

White, a former Air Force pilot, is a special agent for the FBI. 
He earned a degree in political science at Northwestern State 
in 1 995 and a master's degree in aeronautics from Embry-Rid- 
dle Aeronautical University. His wife, Jennifer Chance White, 
earned a degree in elementary education at Northwestern 
State in 1995 and taught for 15 years. She is now a stay at 
home mother. They are both natives of Waskom, Texas, and in 
addition to Paisley, age 5, the Whites are parents to daughters 
Pepper, 7, and Tex, 2, and welcomed their fourth daughter in 
October. The family lives in Miami, Fla. 

Initially, Paisley mostly napped during rac 
es, but as she grew older began to interact 
with other runners and wave at spectators 
from her stroller, which was outfitted with 
a radio, water bottles and snacks. 

"It was very positive,"White said. "We 
got positive reaction from other runners 
and the crowds. We did Little Rock five 
years in a row and they expected to 
see us. It was very motivating." 



"Having a child with 

Down Syndrome was hard. 

I came to terms with it when 

she was about a year old..." 



White was deployed after 9/1 1 and ran his first marathon 
in January 2002. He has completed a total of 22 and quali- 
fied for the Boston Marathon twice. His oldest daughter 

Pepper is also an athlete, having compet- 
ed in a triathlon and currently training in 
jujitsu. Last November, White and Paisley 
competed in a 5K in his hometown, Was- 
kom, the only time the two came in first. 
Paisley is now involved with Little Rock- 
ers Kids Marathon, a program that en- 
courages children ages 7-12 to complete 
a modified marathon over an extended 
period of time. She walks a quarter mile every day and will 
finish the final mile of her marathon with other children on the 
Little Rock Marathon racecourse March 2, 201 3. The exercise 
keeps her healthy and active, her father said. 

The 201 2 Little Rock Marathon in March was the last the two 
ran together. White now intends to run 
partnered with young adults affected 
by cerebral palsy. 

"What began as a tribute to my 
daughter evolved to a statement 
about everyone with disabilities," 
said White, who has participated in 
dozens of interviews and has spoken 
publicly about DS, his relationship 
with Paisley and how she changed 
him. "If my message is that children 
with disabilities are just like other 
kids, then it was time to stop. Lit- 
tle Rock was the finale and the 
end was emotional. Paisley is 
now ambulatory. Now I want 
to be paired with someone 
who can't walk." 



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Five added to 
Long Purple Line 

Five Northwestern State University 
alumni were recognized as new mem- 
bers of the NSU Alumni Hall of Distinc- 
tion, the Long Purple Line, for 201 2. 
This year's inductees are Philip Barba- 
ree of Shreveport, Robert Lee Kirchoff 
Sr. of Baton Rouge, the late Mary Rives 
Gallaspy of Pelican, H. Wayne McCul- 
len of Natchitoches and the late Dr. 
George Thomas Walker of Monroe. 

The inductees were honored during 
a series of events as part of Homecom- 
ing festivities Oct. 26-27. Out of more 
than 75,000 Northwestern alumni, 
only 109 people have been chosen for 
this honor. 

Barbaree and Kirchoff opened 
their first Superior Grill Restaurant in 
Shreveport in 1983. After nearly 30 
years in the restaurant business, they 
own and operate seven restaurants, 
five in Louisiana and two in Alabama 

Barbaree graduated from NSU in 
1 976 earning a Bachelor of Science 
in Business Administration. While at 
Northwestern State, he was a member 
of numerous organizations includ- 
ing Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he 
served as chapter president and held 
other offices. 

Upon graduation, he returned to 
Shreveport to work with his father 
in the construction industry before 
opening Superior Grill. Barbaree was 
inducted into the Northwestern State 
School of Business Hall of Distinction 
earlier this year. 

Gallaspy, known for her generosity 
and involvement in her community, 
passed away in 2010. She was born in 
Pelican in 1 925 and graduated from 
Northwestern State College, now NSU, 
in 1946. She did post-graduate study 
at the University of Colorado and the 
University of Arkansas, where she 
received her master's degree. 

Gallaspy taught business and Loui- 
siana history at Pelican High School 
from 1945-1971, serving as sponsor 
of the Future Business Leaders of 
America and giving of her time to take 
students to musical events, conven- 
tions and other activities. Gallaspy was 
a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, 
serving as MU chapter president from 
1958-60 and 1968-70. She was Epsilon 




Northwestern State University hosted a reception to honor inductees into the Alumni 
Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line. This year's inductees included Philip Barbaree of 
Shreveport, Robert Lee Kirchoff Sr. of Baton Rouge, the late Mary Rives Gallaspy of Pelican, 
H. Wayne McCullen of Natchitoches and the late George Thomas Walker of Monroe. From 
left are NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, John N. Gallaspy, McCullen, Kirchoff, Ellen Walker 
Stephenson, George Walker Jr., Madeleine Walker, Molly Gallaspy, Dixie Gallaspy, Dr. Leigh 
Ann Myers, Dr. Whit Gallaspy and Emily Myers. 



state secretary from 1 959-61 . For many 
years she was active in the DeSoto Par- 
ish Retired Teachers Association. 

Gallaspy was a lifelong member 
of the Pelican Baptist Church. She 
served as chairman of the fundrais- 
ing committee for the new Fellowship 
Hall, which was totally paid for when 
completed. She donated a piano and 
an organ to the church in honor of 
her parents, John Baker and Lillian 
McMullen Gallaspy, a 1913 graduate 
of Normal, and her aunt and uncle, 
Hettie and Earl Fincher. In addition, she 
donated property for the expansion 
of the Pelican Cemetery, and donated 
several Pelican town lots to the Pelican 
Baptist and Pelican United Methodist 
Churches. 

A gift from Gallaspy, which includes 
property in DeSoto Parish as well as a 
monetary bequest, created the Mary 
Rives Gallaspy Charitable Trust, which 
is administered by the board of direc- 
tors of the NSU Foundation. 

Income from the trust will fund two 
scholarships: the Hettie McMullen 
Fincher Scholarship in Mathematics 
and the Mary Rives Gallaspy Scholar- 
ship for Business and Education. The 
Fincher scholarship honors Gallaspy's 
aunt, who graduated from State Nor- 
mal School, now Northwestern State, 
in 1908. The NSU College of Education 
and Human Development was recently 
renamed for the Gallaspy family. Read 
more about Mary Gallaspy on page 1 1 . 

Kirchoff is a 1 977 graduate of 
Northwestern State having earned a 
Bachelor of Science in Business Admin- 
istration. While at Northwestern State, 
Kirchoff was a defensive lineman on 
the Demon football team. He was also 
a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity 
and was named Man of the Year by 
Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. After 



graduating, he moved to Houston and 
was employed by Oil Base Incorpo- 
rated. 

in 1989, Kirchoff and his family 
moved to Baton Rouge to open the 
second Superior Grill. Kirchoff and 
Barbaree also opened a Superior Grill 
and Cocina Superior in Birmingham, 
Ala., and a Superior Grill and Superior 
Seafood in New Orleans. Kirchoff was 
inducted into the Northwestern State 
School of Business Hall of Distinction 
earlier this year. 

McCullen was a three-term mayor 
of Natchitoches, leading the city from 
2000-201 2. He was a member of the 
Natchitoches City Council from 1 980 
- 2000. 

A 1 969 graduate of Northwestern 
State in nursing, McCullen earned a 
bachelor's in anesthesia at the Univer- 
sity of South Alabama. He served as 
director of anesthesia at Natchitoches 
Regional Medical Center from 1974 
until 2000. 

He was named the Outstanding 
Young Man of Natchitoches Parish and 
one of the Top 10 Outstanding Young 
Men of Louisiana in 1 977. In 1 980, Mc- 
Cullen was chosen as the Outstanding 
Man of Natchitoches. Northwestern 
State honored him with an Nth Degree 
for his meritorious service. 

Walker, a native of Wyatt, graduated 
from Louisiana State Normal College 
in 1 935, then earned a master's at 
Louisiana State University. He taught 
at Northeast Junior College, South- 
eastern Louisiana College and South- 
western Louisiana Institute (now the 
University of Louisiana at Lafayette) 
before becoming personnel director 
for the Port of Embarkation in New 
Orleans during World War II. 

After the war, he earned his doc- 
torate at LSU and later returned to 

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Hall of Distinguished Educators inducts 2012 class 







HALL OF DISTINCUSHED EDICAIORS 

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Northwestern State University's College of Education and 
Human Development inducted five alumni into its Hall of 
Distinguished Educators during this year's Homecoming 
celebration Oct. 27. Honorees must have graduated from 
Northwestern State's College of Education at least 30 years 
prior to nomination. 
This year's Distin- 
guished Educators are 
Dr. Cile Chavez of Little- 
ton, Colo.; Dr. James 
Haley of Bossier City, 
Dr. Sandra McCalla of 
Shreveport, Dr. Cathy 
Seymour of Natchi- 
toches, and Susan 
Taylor of Coushatta. 

Chavez earned a 
degree in social science 
and mathematics at 
Northwestern State in 
1 963, a master's degree 
in educational admin- 
istration at the Univer- 
sity of New Orleans in 
1967 and a doctorate 
in curriculum and 
instruction from the 
University of Northern 
Colorado in 1980. She 
began her career as a 
teacher in Orleans Par- 
ish. Prior to beginning 
her own consulting business, she was a teacher and adminis- 
trator at the middle, high school and university level. During 
her career, she served as superintendent of Littleton Public 
Schools, director of the North Central Accreditation for 
Colorado and assistant dean of the University of Colorado's 
College of Education, among other education enterprises. 

Chavez has lived in Colorado for more than 40 years. She 
has served in leadership positions in numerous community 
organizations and earned the Phi Delta Kappa Leadership 
Award twice. She was named one of the top 100 educa- 
tors in the United States and was a finalist for the Colorado 
Superintendent of the Year. She also authored a book, "Spirit 
Moves: Attributes for Transforming Leadership." Chavez has 
three children and two grandchildren. 

Haley earned a bachelor's degree in health and physi- 
cal education and social studies at Northwestern State in 
1 959, a master's in education 1 964 and doctor of education 
degree in 1 976. After working as a teacher and coach for 
several years, he moved into administration as a principal, 
assistant superintendent and superintendent in Beauregard 
Parish before joining Northwestern State University's admin- 
istration as vice president for University Affairs. 

Haley has been affiliated with numerous professional 
associations, serving as president of the Southwest Super- 
intendents Association and the Louisiana Superintendents 




Nortli vvi.stL'rn State University's College of Education and Human Development 
inducted five alumni into its Hall of Distinguished Educators during this year's 
Homecoming celebration Oct. 27. Honorees must have graduated from North- 
western State's College of Education at least 30 years prior to nomination. This 
year's Distinguished Educators are, from left, Dr. Sandra McCalla of Shreveport, Dr. 
James Haley of Bossier City, Susan Taylor of Coushatta, Dr. Cile Chavez of Littleton, 
Colo., and Dr. Cathy Seymour of Natchitoches, congratulated by Dr. Vickie Gentry, 
dean of the Gallaspy (Family) College of Education and Human Development and 
NSU President Dr. Randall. J. Webb. 



Association, the executive committee for the Louisiana High 
School Athletic Association and the Governor's Advisory 
Council for Drug Free Schools and Communities. Haley said 
hearing from former students and how he made a positive 
impact on them is one of the most rewarding aspects of 

his long career. Retired 



since 1995, he currently 
does consulting and 
inspection work. He has 
been married to Marilyn 
J. Haley for 32 years and 
has four children and 
seven grandchildren. 

McCalla earned a 
bachelor's degree in 
mathematics at North- 
western State in 1960. 
She earned a master's in 
instruction and curricu- 
lum and mathematics 
with computer science 
in 1968 and Ed.D. in 
education leadership at 
Texas A & M University in 
1 987. She was a teacher 
and principal in Caddo 
Parish for 28 years be- 
fore joining the faculty 
at Northwestern State as 
a professor and direc- 
tor of the Division of 
Education. She returned 



to Caddo Parish as principal and has served as principal at 
Captain Shreve High School since 1 994. She also works as an 
adjunct instructor for Louisiana State University-Shreveport. 

McCalla said accepting the Blue Ribbon School award on 
behalf of Captain Shreve High School from the President of 
the United States at the White House was among her most 
memorable experiences in education. McCalla has earned 
several honors during her career, including Caddo Parish 
Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year, Louisiana High 
School Principal of the Year, Louisiana Principal of the Year, 
Louisiana Student Councils, and the National PTA Life Ser- 
vice Award. McCalla has been selected to numerous leader- 
ship activities, authored several publications on student 
leadership and made numerous presentations on education 
leadership. 

Seymour earned a bachelor's de- 
gree in social studies and journalism 
education at Northwestern State in 
1974, a master's degree in secondary 
reading in 1976 and a doctoral degree 
in elementary education and adminis- 
tration in 1 981 . She began her career 
in classrooms in Natchitoches Parish 
before moving to Centenary College 
to direct the English Language Center 




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Making An Impact 



Donna Weeks Duvall is proud to 
be born and raised in Rosepine, 
a one stoplight town where 
roots run deep, many residents are 
related and churches proliferate at 
every turn. Duvall is halfway through 
a four-year term as the first female 
mayor of Rosepine, a place settled by 
her ancestors in Vernon Parish in rural 
west central Louisiana. 

"My maternal and paternal families 
were founding pioneers of the town," 
said Duvall, who lives on property orig- 
inally settled by her great-grandfather. 
"The town of Rosepine was actually 
part of a tract granted to him by the 
Land Grant Act. I'm related to most of 
the town on both sides of my family." 

Duvall graduated from Rosepine 
High School and earned a degree at 
Northwestern State in 1990. After 
earning her degree in general studies 
with a concentration in social sci- 
ences at Northwestern, Duvall and her 
husband, a member of Special Forces, 
moved to North Carolina, where she 
attended Bartonville Women's College 
and Fayettevi lie Tech in pursuit of a 
nursing career. When an opportunity 
arose to return to Louisiana, Duvall 
moved back home to her family's 
homeplace and began working in 
aquatic rehab and wellness at Physi- 
cal Therapy Services in Leesville. She 
is a licensed exercise physiologist 
and helps individuals with arthritis, 
Parkinson's disease and knee and back 
problems. 

"The water helps everybody, unless 
they are afraid of it," she said. "Aquatic 
therapy has been a rewarding passion 
for 1 8 years," she said. "I do water exer- 
cises all day and then I go be mayor." 



Descendant of Rosepine founders serves as 
town's first female mayor 



Rosepine was founded in 1902 when 
logging was the area's primary indus- 
try. Located halfway between Leesville 
and DeRidder, Rosepine is Vernon 
Parish's second largest town with a 
population of about 1,400. The close- 
knit community has good schools and 
an appealing small town atmosphere, 
she said, with nearby Fort Polk provid- 
ing some opportunity for growth. 

"It's been a whirlwind adventure. It's 
difficult to make changes in a small 
municipality with little money, but 
that's true everywhere," she said. "I 
hope to promote unity and growth for 
the betterment of Rosepine and the 
citizens of the town." 

Duvall said that though water 
therapy has always been her passion, 
government is quickly supplanting 
that as the main focus of her time and 
energy and balancing her work at the 
clinic with municipal duties is chal- 
lenging. 

"There are a lot of issues to deal 
with. Our infrastructure is from the 60s 
and breaking down. It's dealing with 
issues both large and small." 

Duvall didn't intend to run for mayor. 

"I originally wanted to run for alder- 
man as a community service. I needed 
a new challenge. After I registered to 
qualify, they called me and asked me 
to run for mayor," she said. "My cousin 
really encouraged me to do it. Some- 
times people see things in you that 
you don't see in yourself." 

She had no campaign experience, 
but started on the ground going door 
to door. 

"My grandfather was in a politi- 
cal position," she said. "I didn't have 
much experience, but once I started 
campaigning, I wanted to win. I didn't 
know what I was getting into." 

She takes the job day by day, learn- 
ing every day to be a better leader, she 
said. 

"I'm hoping to do some good." 

Duvall's husband Jay is retired from 



the U.S. Army. She is the proud mother 
of David A. Vines and very proud of her 
five granddaughters. 

As mayor, she enjoys working with 
the council and others, who are mostly 
supportive. She hopes that Vernon 
Parish leaders will more effectively 
network with the Army to grow the 
area, which means finding solutions 
for a failing infrastructure to attract 
new businesses. At a meeting of the 
Louisiana Mayor's Association, she dis- 
covered that many municipalities have 
similar problems with infrastructure, 
especially when communities have 
been affected by drought. 

"We recently had to pass a sales 
tax and it was a hard decision. The 
septic lines were put in in the 1 960s 
and need improvements. We need 
to repair the wastewater treatment 
plant. People want repairs right away, 
but it's a process. We've had to raise 
rates on water and sewer. It's hard on 
the elderly. It's hard on families with 
children. It's hard on everyone." 

Duvall tries to focus on the positive. 
She is working with her local histori- 
cal society to develop a walking park 
for Rosepine and would like to build a 
ballpark for children. 

"I hope some of those projects, 
like the walking track, will bring the 
elderly and children together. Those 
are things that all communities need. 
Our school is a big attraction. We have 
a good school and good educators but 
no parks." 

Working to solve her town's prob- 
lems has impacted Duvall's life in 
"mostly positive ways, but it's challeng- 
ing. I know my grandparents would 
be proud. They were hardworking. 
Christian people. They'd also say 'Look 
what you got yourself into.' It's work. 
It's hard. I give it my all and try to do 
the right thing for people. Everybody 
wants to live in Rosepine. It's a nice 
town and a nice community. It's the 
rose in the pines." 



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Surgical unit named 
for Ledet and partner 

West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital in 
Sulphur held a dedication cerennony 
to honor Northwestern State Uni- 
versity alumnus Dr. Walter Ledet Jr. 
and his colleague Dr. A. Kent Seale in 
naming the hospital's surgical depart- 
ment after them. The naming of the 
Dr. A. Kent Seale/Dr. Walter P. Ledet Jr. 
Surgery Department hospital honors 
the surgeons' long history of service 
and commitment to the hospital and 
community. 

Ledet is a board certified surgeon 
who has practiced in Sulphur since 
1975. His research and techniques in 
surgical removal of the gallbladder 
conducted with his partner Seale have 
been published in leading medical 
journals and received national and 
international acclaim. Ledet and Seale 
traveled to Mexico and Sweden to 
present their findings and demon- 
strate their surgical techniques. 

During the ceremony, several physi- 
cians and members of the hospital 
leadership team shared comments 
about the accomplishments of the two 
surgeons and their ability to provide 
continuous general surgery call cover- 
age at West Calcasieu Cameron Hos- 
pital for over 40 years. Sulphur Mayor 
Chris Duncan presented each with a 
key to the city. 

Ledet was named one of Louisiana's 
Top Doctors in 2007 and was named in 
Who's Who. 

Ledet did his internship at Con- 
federate Memorial Medical Center in 
Shreveport and was named Outstand- 
ing Intern. He served as chief surgery 
resident and chief administrative 
house staff resident in 1 973. He served 




Dr. Walter Ledet jr. was surrounded by family during a dedication ceremony for the Seale/ 
Ledet Surgical Department at West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital in Sulphur. From left are 
Dr. Winston Bollinger, Camille Bollinger, Dr. Walter Ledet Jr., his wife, Michelle, and his par- 
ents, Betty and Walter Ledet Sr. 



as a staff surgeon in the U.S. Navy. 
Ledet is a member of the Calcasieu 
and Louisiana State Medical Societies, 
the American Academy of Pain Man- 
agement and the Society of Laparoen- 
doscopic Surgeons. He is a member of 
the Surgical Association of Louisiana 
and the American Burn Association. 
In 2007, he was named one of the 
state's top surgeons by Louisiana Life 
magazine, which surveyed physicians 
throughout the state to identify the 
best professionals in 71 specialty areas. 

Ledet's great-grandfather was Dr. 
James Willis, a founding doctor of 
Willis-Knighton Medical Center in 
Shreveport. 

Ledet and Seale trained together 
during their residencies more than 40 
years ago before the two opened the 
Sulphur Surgical Clinic. As advances 
in technology, surgery and medicine 
occurred, the two took the lead on 
pioneering several practices and took 
advantage of medical innovations to 



lessen post-op recovery time. They 
invented the minicholecystectomy, 
a new and efficient approach to gall 
bladder surgery, and were the first 
surgeons in the United States to use 
the improved technique. 

Ledet earned his undergraduate 
degree at Northwestern State in 1964. 
Last year, he was inducted into the 
Long Purple Line, Northwestern State's 
Alumni Hall of Distinction. Out of more 
than 75,000 Northwestern alumni, 
only 1 09 people have been chosen for 
this honor. 

Following comments from their 
friends and colleagues, the A. Kent 
Seale, Walter P Ledet, Jr., Surgery De- 
partment plaque commemorating the 
ceremony, along with photos of the 
surgeons, was unveiled. The surgery 
department that bears their names 
includes five surgical suites, a post 
anesthesia recovery area, two special 
procedure suites and an accompany- 
ing day surgery department. 



Long Purple Line continued from page 5 

Northwestern State as dean of applied arts and sciences and 
dean of administration. 

In 1 958, he became president of Northeast Louisiana State 
College, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and 
served until 1976. Under his leadership, Northeast grew in 
enrollment and academic stature and increased its physical 
plant. In Walker's 18-year presidency, Northeast became the 
largest university in North Louisiana in terms of enrollment 



and state appropriations. Enrollment increased from 2,100 
to 9,700 and the institution achieved university status. 

Walker was the author of numerous academic and profes- 
sional journal articles, and authored several books on ac- 
counting and business education. Following his retirement 
he wrote The Building of a University (]99]) and Emy-Lou 
Biedenharn: Her Life and Legacy ( 1 999). Walker passed away 
in 2011. 



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Man of many trades contributes to Louisiana food book 



State Rep. Henry Burns of Haugh- 
ton has demonstrated during 
his colorful career in business, 
politics, military service and 
most recently as an author just how 
versatile, flexible and successful North- 
western State University graduates can 
be. 

Burns, who enrolled at Northwest- 
ern after graduation from high school 
in the little Webster Parish town of 
Shongaloo, earned a bachelor's degree 
in upper elementary education in 1 970 
and later received a master's from Pep- 
perdine University in California. 

Planning to use his education 
degrees for a career in teaching. Burns 
got sidetracked by a commission as a 
second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and 
became an expert and instructor in ex- 
plosive ordinance disposal for military 
"bomb squads." 

His academic background in educa- 
tion helped prepare Burns to teach 
U.S. soldiers, NATO forces, FBI and CIA 
officers and others classes in military 
munitions, clandestine devices. Presi- 
dential security and special weapons. 

After nearly eight years in the Army 
and two decades in the Army Reserves, 
Burns retired as a lieutenant colonel 
and received the prestigious Meritori- 
ous Service Medal. 

When Burns ended his full-time stint 
in the Army in the late 1970s, oil fields 
around his hometown of Shongaloo 
and other parts of North Louisiana 
were bustling with activity, and he 
decided to get in on the oil business 
boom. 

Henry had seen a lot of the country 
in his military travels, but he wanted 
to get back close to his roots when 
itcametime to settle down. He had 
fond memories of his time in the 
woods, rivers and streams that sur- 
rounded his little hometown. 

There was also a strong, lifelong 
bond with his college alma mater 
in Natchitoches, which was not far 
away. His mother had graduated from 
Northwestern and was an elementary 
teacher. His dad attended LSU and 
became a Farm Bureau agent after a 
career of military service. 

Henry and his wife Lynette guided 
all four of their children to Northwest- 
ern although Lynette went to Kansas 
State. Henry said he could accept that, 
because the school's colors of purple 




Henry, who has served on North- 
western Alumni Association and NSU 
Foundation boards, has recently been 
a featured guest at book signings in 
and around Shreveport. Northwestern 
alumni can look for the book by the NSU 
alumnus and feel some of the verve, vi- 
brancy and magnetism that have made 
Henry Burns such a successful business- 
man, prominent politician and riow a 
noted author. 

and white are the same as Northwest- 
ern's. All of Henry and Lynette's kids 
and their spouses are NSU alumni. 

The Burns family was living the good 
life when oil wells were pumping and 
he was an independent petroleum and 
natural gas operator, but the bottom 
dropped out of the oil business in the 
state in the 1980s. 

Then Henry, who had kids in college 
and had also become a thoroughbred 
owner and breeder when times were 
good, started looking for a better way 
to feed his family and his stable of 
horses. 

Burns heard that The Wooden 
Spoon, a bakery that specialized in 
gift baskets of cookies and cakes, was 
for sale. With no skills or knowledge 
about the baking business except a 
deep appreciation for his grandmoth- 
er's banana nut bread, Henry bought 
the bakery. 

Henry and a couple of employees 
made bushels of cookies and cakes 
from scratch every morning, and he 
personally delivered gift baskets of the 
baked goods by the thousands over 
the years to birthday parties, hospitals, 
holiday events, offices and homes. 

He became known as the Cookie 
Man and made a lot of friends as he 
delivered gift baskets far and wide for 
special occasions, captivated folks with 



his wit and charisma and entertained 
them with downhome stories about 
his life and Shongaloo upbringing. 

Careful to remind people that he is 
the Cookie Man with a "C" and not a 
"K," Henry acknowledges that he might 
be viewed once in a while as a little 
"kooky" because of his flamboyance 
and gregarious personality. 

But it was that unique persona, 
combined with his military and busi- 
ness experience, strong educational 
background, compassion for people 
and the relationships that he built by 
visiting with so many folks through the 
years, that helped launch yet another 
successful career for Henry. . .this time 
in politics. 

He was elected to the Bossier Parish 
School Board and served in that posi- 
tion for 1 5 years. Then Henry expand- 
ed his political influence by winning 
a seat in the Louisiana House in 2007. 
He was re-elected to the position last 
year without opposition. 

Burns is popular with legislative col- 
leagues and has also been an effective 
part of major reforms in the state as 
an ally and floor leader for Gov. Bobby 
Jindal. 

Friends in the House and Senate say 
that if the legislature had a congenial- 
ity award similar to those for beauty 
contests, Henry would win it. Not the 
beauty contest, just the congeniality 
award. 

Now Henry is adding a new chapter 
to his life, so to speak. He is calling 
himself an author, but that might be 
stretching it a bit. Actually, he wrote 
just a chapter for a new book entitled, 
"Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde." 

The book that was created and 
edited by Peggy Sweeney McDonald 
and produced by Pelican Publishing 
Company includes 77 chapters by 
restaurant owners, chefs, elected of- 
ficials and other notable personalities 
focusing on a wide variety of Louisiana 
foods, culture and cuisine. 

Burns' segment of the slick, 200- 
page publication highlights his Wood- 
en Spoon business and touches on 
other aspects of the life of the Cookie 
Man, a title that he treasures. 

Included in the chapter by Burns 
is a recipe for the kind of banana nut 
bread that he could smell baking in his 
grandmother's oven as he grew up in 
the Red Rock Hills of North Louisiana. 



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Distinguished 

Educators 
continued from page 6 

and later serve as an assistant prin- 
cipal in Caddo Parish. She joined 
the faculty at Northwestern State's 
College of Education in 1 999 as 
director of clinical experience and 
associate dean until her retirement 
in 2007. She is currently an educa- 
tion consultant for Pearson Publish- 
ing and JBHM Education Group. 

Seymour is a member of Phi 
Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi and 
numerous other professional 
organizations related to educa- 
tion, accreditation and professional 
development. Seymour said many 
of her most memorable teaching 
experiences occurred while work- 
ing with students in alternative 
school environments and watching 
pre-service teachers evolve from 
students to competent educators. 
She has been married for 42 years 
to Dr. Dan Seymour. The couple 
has two children and are expecting 
their first grandchild. 

Taylor earned her bachelor's 
degree in elementary education in 
1974, M.Ed, in reading in 1978 and 
-1-30 in 1 980. She began her career 
in the elementary classroom before 
moving into administration in Red 
River and Natchitoches parishes, 
serving as principal of Coushatta 
Elementary, the NSU Elementary 
Lab School and Riverdale Academy. 
She is currently school improve- 
ment specialist/principal mentor 
for JBHM Education Group. Taylor 
cited her years of working with and 
mentoring new teachers and de- 
signing and implementing success- 
ful practices as among the most 
rewarding of her career. 

Taylor has been recognized as 
Woman of the Year, Principal of the 
Year and Teacher of the Year for 
Red River Parish and was Student 
Teacher of the Year at Northwestern 
State. She is a member of Delta 
Kappa Gamma honor society for 
women educators. Taylor has been 
married to Joe F. Taylor for 47 years 
and the couple has two daughters 
and four grandchildren. Both their 
daughters earned degrees in edu- 
cation at Northwestern State. 



President honors Murchison with 
Distinguished Service Award 




Northwestern State University honored the late Tom Murchison with the Presi- 
dent's Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service to the university 
and to the Natchitoches community. Murchison's family accepted the award 
during the Nov. 10 football game inTurpin Stadium. NSU President Dr. Randall J. 
Webb presented the award to members of the Murchison family, from left, Farrah 
Murchison, Vicki Murchison, Ava Murchison, Tommy Murchison, Gretchen Murchi- 
son, Anna Grace Murchison, Ian Murchison, Tim Murchison, Tyler Murchison, Lane 
Murchison and Garrett Murchison with NSU Director of University Advancement 
Brad Laird. 

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Johnny Antoon presented with Nth Degree 







Northwestern State University awarded an Nth degree to Natchitoches business- 
man Johnny Antoon at halftime of the Northwestern State - Sam Houston football 
game. Antoon, a 1 968 graduate of Northwestern, has helped numerous NSU stu- 
dents pay for their college education by providing them with jobs. The Nth Degree 
is given in recognition of unselfish devotion to duty and the willingness to go the 
"extra mile" in meritorious service to mankind. Those at the presentation were, 
from left, NSU Director of University Advancement Brad Laird, Assistant Director 
of Development Jill Bankston, Danielle Antoon, Michael Antoon, Merle Antoon, 
Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb and Johnny Antoon. 

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Northwestern State University's College of Education and 
Human Development will be named the Gallaspy (Family) Col 
lege of Education and Human Development in tribute to the 
distinguished educator and Northwestern State alumna Mary 
Rives Gallaspy and her family, several of whom are also North- 
western State graduates who pursued careers as educators. 

Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb an- 
nounced the renaming during a 
Long Purple Line reception, where 
Gallaspy family members were gath- 
ered for the induction of Mary Rives 
Gallaspy into Northwestern State's 
Alumni Hall of Distinction. 

"Mary Rives Gallaspy was a kind, 
generous, service-oriented lady 
who became blessed with resources 
and knew well how to manage 
them," Webb said. "Her compassion 
for others during her lifetime was 
exemplary, but was even more so in 
her death. When she passed away in 
December 201 0, her generous estate 
was directed toward the enhance- 
ment of the lives of many." 

Last year, the Gallaspy family 
announced a bequest to Northwest- 
ern State University that includes 
property in DeSoto Parish, as well as 
a monetary donation that together 
created the Mary Rives Gallaspy 
Charitable Trust administered by the 
NSU Foundation board of directors. 
Income from the trust funds two 
scholarships: the Hettie McMullen 
Fincher Scholarship in Mathematics 
and the Mary Rives Gallaspy Scholar- 
ship for Business and Education. The 
Fincher scholarship honors Gallaspy's 
aunt, who graduated from Normal, as Northwestern State 
was then known, in 1 908. A branch of the Gallaspy family 
also established the Mary Leigh Marshall Gallaspy Endowed 
Scholarship for Family and Consumer Sciences. 

Gallaspy was recently inducted into the Long Purple Line, 
NSU's Alumni Hall of Distinction. (See page 8.) 

Gallaspy was also the owner of Rocking G Farms, a cattle 
and timber business in DeSoto Parish. She established two 
subdivisions in the Stonewall area. Pelican Place North and 
The Meadows. Through the years, Gallaspy was a caregiver to 
many elderly relatives and friends in her hometown of Pelican. 
After her father's death, she and her mother moved to Shreve- 
port. When her mother became ill and two of her aunts also 
needed care, Gallaspy provided them a home and met their 




Mary Rives Gallaspy 



College of Education and 
Human Development named 
for Gallaspy family 

needs. The other half of Gallaspy's extensive holdings were 
made available to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home. 
Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the College of Education and 
Human Development, said faculty in the college voted for the 
renaming and expressed full support of the initiative. 

"Miss Gallaspy's gift to Northwestern will provide the 
resources for the university to award scholarships to deserv- 
ing students for decades to come," 
Gentry said. "Students now and for 
future generations will benefit from 
Miss Gallaspy's remarkable gen- 
erosity in establishing substantial 
scholarship funds at her alma mater 
that will continue to perpetuate the 
lifetime of philanthropy and service 
for which she will be long remem- 
bered and appreciated." 

"The funds available to the NSU 
Foundation are primarily in support 
of scholarships for students major- 
ing in education, business, math- 
ematics and related fields of study. 
Thanks to Miss Gallaspy's vision and 
generosity, the Foundation awarded 
Northwestern State students the 
largest number and dollar amounts 
in private scholarships in school 
history this fall," Webb said. "It is with 
this deep kinship and high esteem 
I feel for every member of the Gal- 
laspy family that I proposed the Gal- 
laspy (Family) College of Education 
and Human Development as the 
title of the area that has been the 
cornerstone of Northwestern since 
its founding in 1 884 as an institution 
of higher education dedicated to 
the preparation of excellent teachers 
and school personnel." 

In detailing his family's long relationship with Northwestern 
State, John N. Gallaspy, executor, described his cousin's rural 
upbringing as one in which education, religion and family 
were top priorities. 

"This environment supplemented by her later years of 
higher education and followed by her career as a teacher 
produced the personality and mindset of Mary Rives Gallaspy. 
When she signed her last will and testament, she was enunci- 
ating the theme that shaped her," John Gallaspy stated. "The 
Gallaspy family as a whole has been touched for many years 
by the institution known as Northwestern. The Normal has 
enriched our lives for generations." 



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Ill Foundation News 



Chesapeake supports student scholarships 




Northwestern State University spirit 
groups and administrators welcomed 
Chesapeake Energy Public Affairs Manager 
Jeff Holliday as he presented a check to the 
Northwestern State University Foundation 
to support student scholarships. From left 
are Director of University Advancement 
Brad Laird, Holliday, Dean of Students and 
Assistant Provost for Student Life Dr. Chris 
Maggio and Vic the Demon. 

Read the full story in the Lagniappe sec- 
tion on Page 25. Scan this QR code to see 
video clip. 



CIS benefits from long relationship 
with State Farm 

Andy Baragona, a 2003 graduate of Northwestern State 
University, returned to his alma mater to present a $50,000 
check to the School of Business's Computer Information Sys- 
tems program on behalf of his employer. State Farm. Funds 
were awarded through a State Farm grant program based 
on the Northwestern State CIS program's mission, program 
history and accomplishments, organizational and program 
changes, how the program has maintained currency in the 
field, community support and declaration of need and how 
the funds will be spent. 

State Farm has fostered a relationship with Northwest- 
ern State since 2001 and recruits CIS and other business 
students for internships and career opportunities at its 
corporate headquarters in Bloomington, III. This is the third 
time State Farm awarded a grant to Northwestern State's CIS 
program, which consistently earns top honors in collegiate 
competitions sponsored by the Association for Information 
Technology Professional (AITP). Northwestern State has 
placed first 1 3 times in 1 2 years. 

Baragona is a systems analyst and campus manager for 
State Farm. He was a member of Northwestern State's 2003 
national championship AITP team and noted that with so 
many NSU alumni having relocated to Bloomington, the 
university's sense of family has been transplanted along with 
them. 

"Northwestern State graduates are well-balanced. They 
have the technical aptitude we are looking for, as well as the 
personal skills," Baragona said. "We appreciate the relation- 
ship between State Farm and Northwestern. We can come 
back here and find the recruits we need year after year." 

According to Dr. Jack Russell, CIS program coordinator, 
the grant will fund the installations of Smart Boards and 
projection systems in teaching laboratories, purchase laptop 
computers and other amenities for classrooms, fund student 
scholarships and aid in recruiting initiatives. 



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Northwestern State University's Computer Information Systems 
program received a $50,000 grant from the State Farm Foundation. 
From left are Dr. Austin Temple, dean of the College of Science, 
Technology and Business; NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, 
Northwestern State graduate Andy Baragona, a systems analyst 
and IT recruiter for State Farm, and Provost and Vice President for 
Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney. 



"State Farm started recruiting at NSU in 2001 because the 
company learned that the CIS student teams were winning 
national championships in both programming and systems 
analysis and design," Russell said. "State Farm recruits from 
a number of universities, but the State Farm Foundation 
designates five of the top schools to apply for the State Farm 
Foundation Grant. State Farm named the NSU CIS program 
a Key program in 2003. Over the nine-year period of being 
a Key program the CIS program has won three State Farm 
grants totaling approximately S 1 70,000." 

"This money coming into our program is terrific," said Dr. 
Austin Temple, dean of the College of Science, Technology 
and Business. "Our students continue to compete well on a 
national level and this speaks well of our program." 



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Nursing scholarship targets locai students 




Administrators at Natchitoches Com- 
munity Care Center presented funds to the 
Northwestern State University Foundation 
in continued support of a scholarship to 
benefit an upper level nursing student. 
From left are NSU Associate Director of De- 
velopment Jill Bankston, Center Administra- 
tor Maria Mapa, Director of Nursing Annette 
Walker, Director of University Advancement 

^ Brad Laird and Margaret McDaniel, social 
services director of Chinquapin House/ 

^■s household coordinator. Read the full story 
in the Langiappe section on Page 24. 



Schooi of Business Hall of Distinction 




Administrators in Northwestern State University's School of Busi- 
ness recognized AdvoCare International with the Director's Out- 
standing Business Award and its founder, the late Charles E. Ragus, 
with the School of Business Alumnus of Distinction Recipient. Ad- 
voCare is a leading nutritional supplement company. Ragus, a 1 965 
graduate of Northwestern, founded the company in 1983. Following 
his death in 2001, the Charles Ragus (Founder of AdvoCare Inter- 
national) Family Endowed Chair was established in his honor in the 
School of Business at Northwestern State. Ragus was inducted into 
the NSU Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, in 2002. Accepting 
the award are members of the Ragus family, from left, Kelsey Cook, 
Debbie Cook, Peggy Ragus and Courtney Cook. 



Dear NSU Alumni, 

You are cordially invited to the following receptions, honoring the Class of 201 3 scholarship recipients and 
priority students in your area. All receptions are 6 - 8 p.m. 



> 29 (Tuesday) 

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3 30 (Wednesday) Covington 

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New Orleans Ormond Plantation, 1 3786 River Road, Destrehan, LA 70047 

Hosted by Kelley Guidry & Misty Wainwright, 540 Pelican Ridge Dr., Madlsonville, LA 70447 
Baton Rouge Hosted by Lilly Chase, 2750 WIndrush Way, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 



5 (Tuesday) Houston Hosted by IVlike& Andrea Gailien, 33 10 Green Tree Park, Houston, TX 77007 

6 (Wednesday) Dallas Hosted by Tommy &Susan McCullough, 6616 Briar Ridge Lane, Piano, TX 75024 

7 (Thursday) East Texas Area Hosted by Carroll & Susan Long, 419 Oak Valley Drive, Longview,TX 75605 

19 (Tuesday) Lafayette Joey's Catering, 503 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506 

20 (Wednesday) Lake Charles Hosted by Major General & Mrs. Erbon W.Wise, 313 Sam Dunham Rd., Sulphur, LA 70663 

21 (Thursday) Leesville Hosted by Gene and Martha Koury, 192 Gene Koury Rd., Leesville, LA 71446 

26 (Tuesday) Ruston Hosted by Brian & Andrea Shelton and Harvey Marcus, Squire Creek Country Club, 

289 Squire Creek Parkway, Choudrant, LA 71227 

28 (Thursday) Bossier Hosted by Mike Knotts, 2450 Clearbrook Way Haughton, LA 71037 



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Outstanding former Demons included in 2012 N Club Hall of Fame 



Sister Sledges 1979 hit 
song "We Are Family" 
vould have been the per- 
ect music choice for the 
five 201 2 Graduate N Club Hall 
of Fame inductees enshrined 
at Homecoming 201 2 during 
inspiring ceremonies attended 
by dozens of current student- 
athletes and a couple hundred 
more supporters at the Magale 
Recital Hall. 

Three-time all-America high jumper 
Terrance Bean and two-sport record- 
setter Tiffany Cronin Crawford spoke 
about their time as track and field 
teammates at NSU. Sensational softball 
pitcher Nancy Percle Ensminger, one of 
10 children, spoke about being a Lady 
Demon teammate with her younger 
sister, and proudly pointed out that her 
niece now is pitching for Northwestern. 
Football all-America center John King 
had his father Wayne present him for 
induction, and talked about the ath- 
letic department being one big fam- 
ily. Former NFL safety Robert Moore, 
whose acceptance speech inspired and 
entertained the audience, relished hav- 
ing a large group of teammates at the 
ceremony and more coming in for the 
football game later in the day. 

"The greatest thing about it was the 
teamwork, and having so many of my 
teammates back here today to share it 
with, that's what is special to me," said 
Moore, a Shreveport-Captain Shreve 
product who credited his presenter, 
Charles Fulton, and the many track ath- 
letes who also played football as major 
factors in his NFL success. 

"I was finishing up 24 hours to gradu- 
ate in the spring semester and couldn't 
get to the first mini-camp but Charles 
was over there going through it. He told 
me what to expect and he told me I 
could make it," said Moore, who started 
43 of 60 games with the Atlanta Falcons 
from 1 986-89. " The good Lord put a lot 
of things in place for me to succeed. 
"At Northwestern, a lot of track guys 
were playing football, so we got used 
to the speed of the game here. That 
translated well for me because the 



speed of the game didn't change that 
much going from here to the NFL. That, 
and I got really good coaching here, so 
I was well prepared," he said, referring 
to legendary head coach Sam Good- 
win and two of his assistant coaches, 
current Texas Tech defensive coordina- 
tor Art Kaufman and current Arkansas 
State DC John Thompson, who has held 
the same job at Arkansas and South 
Carolina. 

King, a state champion discus 
thrower at Springhill High where his fa- 
ther was the principal, also mentioned 
the track/football partnership and said 
it stretched around the entire athletic 
program during his playing career as a 
four-year starter from 1 987-90. 

"It's hard to single out one memory as 
a career highlight, but the comraderie 
with the fellow athletes, the great play- 
ers I played with, and the togetherness 
that our athletic department had, that 
really stands out," said King, now the 
athletic director and highly success- 
ful football coach at Longview (Texas) 
High. "A lot of our guys competed in 
track. We went to all the other sports' 
games and they came to ours. It was 
one big family. 

"And not by coincidence, we were 
able to win some pretty big games," he 
said as a proud member of the 1 988 De- 
mons' Southland Conference champi- 
onship squad. 

Bean won four Southland high jump 
titles indoors and outdoors from 1 995- 
97. Percle Ensminger helped the Lady 
Demons win 69 percent of their games 
from 1990-92 and the 1991 Southland 
Conference title. Cronin Crawford is 
still regarded as the greatest volleyball 
player in school history, twice earn- 
ing All-SLC accolades from 1994-97, 
then winning a Southland triple jump 
title and reaching the NCAA Outdoor 
Championships in 1999 as a senior in 
track and field. 

Playing two sports collegiately at the 
NCAA Division I level wasn't daunting 
for her. 

"It started at a young age with my 
parents encouraging me. They were 
very influential. I always knew I needed 
to work hard to succeed, and I strived to 
earn a scholarship so I could play at the 



college level," she said."! played three 
sports in high school and never really 
had any down time, so to come here 
and play two sports wasn't really a big 
deal to me. I just worked very hard to 
be sure I was playing them well." 
She enjoys keeping track of the 201 2 
Lady Demon volleyball team. 

"Living in Corpus Christi, I'm able to 
go watch them play once a year and 
definitely, I take great pride in their suc- 
cess. I was part of that program and still 
feel like they're an extension of me and 
my teammates. It's exciting to see them 
doing so well," she said. 

Falling short was Bean's catalyst to his 
remarkable career. He wasn't successful 
at his first NCAA meet." 

The first time in Tennessee when I 
made it to the national meet, I did not 
make all-America. But I realized I was 
able to compete at that level. It was 
disappointing not to make all-America, 
but I saw it was within my reach," he 
said. "It was a turning point for me 
to go from riding the wave to really 
considering myself a top-level athlete. If 
you believe it, you can achieve it." 

The following year. Bean made a 
remarkable run at making the 1996 USA 
Olympic Team. 

"That was 1 7 of the greatest days of 
my life. I came in ranked 30'" out of 30 
qualifiers, but I was able to have a great 
meet and make the finals. I broke my 
hand earlier, but (NSU team physician) 
Dr. (Chris) Rich was able to fix me up. 
I didn't even know if I could compete 
that season and I wound up jumping 
for a chance to make the Olympic Team, 
so it was a great year," said Bean. 

Percle Ensminger was a Lady Demon 
teammate with her sister Claudia, which 
made being at NSU feel like home away 
from their Baton Rouge home. 

"I had a huge family, and our parents 
kept us all really involved in sports 
because it builds character and teaches 
lessons. Having my sister here on the 
team gave me comfort. Some people 
get homesick, but I never did because 
she was here. It was nice, it was fun, | 

and it kept us very competitive too," she '' 
said. 

King said there were many NSU team- 
mates and coaches who were worthy 



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Congratulations to our former student athletes who were inducted into Northwestern State's Graduate N Club Hall of Fame during Home- 
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N Club continued from page 14 

choices to introduce hinn, but he never 
had any doubt that his father was the 
right one. 

"He's probably the biggest reason 
I'nn here. He supported me in every- 
thing I did, and he's always been my 
role model," said King. "He told me he 
wanted me to be better than him, and 
I don't know that I can do that, but I've 



had a great dad to support me." 

As Moore was surrounded by fam- 
ily members from Shreveport and his 
wife and children from Atlanta, along 
with Demon teammates following the 
ceremony, he reflected on his favorite 
moment as an NSU football player from 
1982-85. 
"In my junior year, we went over to 



Southern Mississippi and knocked off a 
giant (a 22-0 win over a bowl team that 
beat Ole Miss the following week). They 
were talking down to us, laughing at 
us in warmups, and we said we'll take 
care of business on the football field," 
said Moore. "It was true then, and it is 
true now: the brand that we produce at 
Northwestern can stand up anywhere." 




Groundbreaking ceremonies for extensive renovations to the NSU Lady Demon Softball Complex 

Renovations to the NSU Lady Demon Softball Complex have begun to provide a new grandstand, press box and concession 
stand. It will be entirely funded by private support and NSU student facility improvement fees with about half of the $466,000 
already in hand. Taking part in the ceremony were (l-r) Lady Demon player Paige Cavallin, Bank of Montgomery president Ken 
Hale, Softball player Kylie Roos, Billy Gray of the Natchitoches Area Jaycees, softball player Brooke Boening, NSU president Dr. 
Randy Webb, Lady Demon softball player Jordan Palmer, assistant coach Amanda Locke, NSU Athletics senior woman admin- 
istrator Carrie Crowell, NSU athletic director Greg Burke and Lady Demon softball coach Donald Pickett. 



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PROFILE 



Lane Burroughs 




New Northwestern 
State baseball coach 
Lane Burroughs was 
known for his dry sense 
of humor when he was a 
Demon assistant coach 
in 1997-98, but there 
has been nothing subtle 
in the powerful message 
he has passed along 
since June to a recep- 
tive audience of former 
and current NSU players, 
supporters and univer- 
sity staff. 

Following 17 years as 
an assistant coach under 
some of the college 
game's best head coaches, Burroughs accepted on June 1 8 
the reigns of a Northwestern State program which won nine 
Southland Conference championships in a 14-year stretch 
from 1 991-2005. The Demons remain the league's win- 
ningest program since 1 990, averaging almost 36 victories 
per year (nearly 800 total). 

After spending the last four years as an assistant coach at 
Mississippi State, where he helped former NSU head coach 
John Cohen (1998-2001) return the Bulldogs to nationally 
competitive status. Burroughs relentlessly pursued the De- 
mons' vacancy once it opened May 31 . 

"I had a great job. We (wife Susan and three children) 
lived 90 minutes from where we grew up (Meridian, Miss.), 
but Northwestern State has always been on the back of my 
mind," said Burroughs. "I wanted this job, and I wanted it 
bad. 

"This is a special place. Not one day in my coaching career, 
and I can say this honestly, passed by without me thinking 
at least once about Northwestern State and Natchitoches - 
something I learned here, somebody I met here." 

Burroughs was hired as a Demon assistant by Dave Van 
Horn, who just made his fifth College World Series appear- 
ance, his third at Arkansas. Van Horn's pitching coach at NSU 
was Rob Childress, now the highly-successful head coach at 
Texas A&M. Van Horn took the reigns of the Demon pro- 
gram from Jim Wells, who won three Southland Conference 
championships in five seasons before getting the head job 
at Alabama. Wells' assistant at NSU and Alabama, Mitch Gas- 
pard, returned to follow Cohen as the Demons' head coach 
for six years, and then succeeded Wells at Alabama. Ole Miss 
head coach Mike Bianco was Wells' assistant at NSU before 
Gaspard stepped in that role in 1993. 

With that amazing coaching history - every head coach in 
the Southeastern Conference West Division in 201 3, save for 
LSU's Paul Mainieri, will have coached at Northwestern - the 
Demons' head coaching vacancy drew great interest. Bur- 
roughs has made clear his sights are set on raising pennants 



at NSU's Brown-Stroud Field, with a strong set of core values 
in place, not keeping an eye open for his next coaching job. 

"This is a cradle of coaches, and in our business, we all 
know that. If you come in here and think, let me see how 
many wins I can get, and get going (up the coaching ladder), 
these kids are smart and they're going to read right through 
you," he said. "When you come in here and you care about 
them, you love them, you lock shields with them and lower 
your head and get after it, they'll run through a brick wall for 
you, and we're going to get it done together. I'm going to 
lean on these boys, they're going to lean on me. We're going 
to win championships, we're going to do it the right way, 
and we're going to have fun doing it." 

Burroughs encourages his players, and supporters, to 
think big. 

"We are working to get to Omaha 
(home of the College World Series). 
Period. Why are we doing this if it's not 
about getting to Omaha?" 

"If Stony Brook can do it, that certainly can happen at 
Northwestern State. You want to crawl before you walk, you 
walk before you run, but absolutely you say that's our goal, 
because now more than ever, it's within reach," he said. 

Burroughs stands by cornerstone principles for his pro- 
gram. 

"We have good players and tremendous students in our 
baseball program here, and we strongly emphasize academ- 
ic accomplishment. We emphasize character. We are getting 
out in the community. We're going to play hard, compete 
and have fun doing it. 

"When a kid leaves this institution, I 
want him to say, those were the best years 
of my life, not only in baseball, but in the 
community. I want him to come back to 
NSU, I want him to give back to NSU." 

Having recruited Louisiana, east Texas and Mississippi 
extensively throughout his career, it has been easy for him 
to outline his plan for filling the Demons' roster. 

"You have to take care of your back yard first, and that 
means Louisiana kids first. Then you go out around us and 
there's a lot of deserving young men a tank of gas away 
from us to the east, west and north," he said. "Junior college 
players from all over fit into the mix of course, and we have a 
great track record with them in this program. 

"I'm excited about telling young men about the opportu- 
nities they have here," said Burroughs. 



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Looking Back 



W 



ith two seconds left on 
the clock and the Demons down 
by two points, Jermaine Wallace 
snagged the ball, turned and shot 
from the three-point line while 
falling backwards. As he landed, the 
ball sank into the basket, making 
the final score 64-63, lifting the 
underdog Demons to a victory over 
third-seeded Iowa in the first round 
of the NCAA tournament on March 
17,2006. 

The Demons amazing come- 
from-behind victory over the Hawk- 
eyes dominated the Pontiac Game- 
Changing Performance competition 
to earn a $ 1 00,000 contribution to the 




university's general scholarship fund. 
The victory over Iowa was only the 
1 5'^ time in NCAA tournament history 
that a 14-seed team beat a third-seed 
team in the first round of tournament 



action. The team's motivation and 
leadership on and off the court made 
the season memorable for all students, 
faculty, staff and the Natchitoches 
community. 




In Memory 



Guess Who 



In 1 984, Northwestern State University commemorated its centennial with a series 
of special acknowledgements, among them, the dedication of the official centennial 
seal. Can you name the individuals pictured placing the seal? The first five readers to 
call the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414 will win a prize. 

Answers to the Fall 201 2 Guess Who, lineman taking a break during the Northwest- 
ern State-Florence State football matchup in the fall of 1 969 were Leonard Richard- 
son, Bobby Koncak, Leslie Robertson and Steve Gaspard. Those who guess correctly 
were Michael Ramsey (1972), Glenn Sapp (1970) and Steve Gaspard (1970). 



1925 - Mittie Virginia Oden Bryan, Oct. 22, 2012, Gig Harbor, Wash. 
1946 - Giro S. Lampo, Feb. 3, 2012, DeRidder 
1940 - Rev. William Roy Dowden, Sept. 8, 2012, Hombeck 
1948 - Pauline Poll< Dowden, Oct. 10, 2012, Hornbecl< 

1951 - Emmett Horn Jr., April 11 , 2012, Brandon, Miss. 

1952 - Jacque Gunn, July 2, 2012, Beebe, Ark. 

1957 - Willard H. "Sonny" Jolinson, Aug. 9, 2012, Baton Rouge 

1958 - John Baxter "J.B." McElwee Sr., Oct. 5, 2012, Coushatta 

1959 - Charles David "Joe" Shilling, June 24, 2012, Houston 
1959 - Perry Hardy Smith, Oct. 1 , 2012, Columbia 

1967 - Rachel Wright Lincecum, Oct. 5, 2012, Biloxi, Miss. 

1973 - Kathlyn Breazeale, Sept. 23, 2012, Tacoma, Wash. 

1973 - Timothy Allen Jones, Aug. 27, 201 2, Lafayette 

1978 - Linda L.G. Leggett, Oct. 18, 2012, Many 

1993 -James Carroll "Jimmy" Williams, Nov. 2, 2012, Alexandria 

2011 -Terrel A. Delphin Jr., Oct. 26, 2012, Melrose 

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Reunions planned in men's basketball, track and field, baseball 

Reunions for former team members in men's basketball, track and field, and baseball are being held 
soon, with details available through the NSUDemons.com website. Players, coaches, staff members and 
their families are especially invited to participate. 

► The Centennial Celebration for Demon basketball will be held Saturday, Jan. 1 9 at Prather Coliseum, with 
recognitions and activities during the men's game and an evening event commemorating the 100th 
year of the sport at Northwestern. The events will take place during and after a doubleheader with the 
Lady Demons tipping off at 1 p.m. and the Demons following about 3 p.m. against old rival Southeastern 
Louisiana. 

► In track and field, the annual all-comers alumni reunion will be held April 26-27, in conjunction with the 
second annual Leon Johnson NSU Invitational meet on Saturday, April 27 at the Walter R Ledet Track 
Complex. 

► For Demon baseball alumni, the second annual all-time reunion date will be confirmed soon. The 
Demons' 1993 Southland Conference championship team will be saluted while anyone who played, 
coached or was part of NSU baseball through the years is encouraged to attend and meet the new De- 
mon coaching staff, headed by Lane Burroughs, who was an assistant at NSU under Dave Van Horn and 
John Cohen in 1997-98. 



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